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Understanding shrimp feeding behaviour in ponds

Project Description

Shrimp aquaculture is a global multi-million pound industry and while much is known about nutritional requirements of shrimp feed, far less is known about shrimp feeding behaviours. The project is a collaboration between UWS and Skretting, and is an excellent opportunity for a student to work alongside industry to improve our understanding of the feeding behaviour of the commercially important white-legged shrimp Litopennaeus vannamei. Previous work in our laboratory has focussed on understanding feeding behaviour of shrimp at the individual level, and we now need to understand how this translates to groups of shrimp under aquaculture conditions. In large ponds it is unknown how shrimp interact with feeding stations, and whether or not they make significant movements between feeders. The studentship will have a particular focus on the influence of abiotic and biotic factors in aquaculture ponds on the behaviour and physiology of shrimp. This project is likely to include field work at industrial partner sites (e.g. Ecuador, China, Vietnam) and the student should be prepared to travel for periods of between 3 and 6 months.

Interview date (@UWS Paisley): 9th May 2019
Start date: 1st October 2019

Funding Notes

We are looking for enthusiastic and outstanding candidates with a degree relevant to this project, an excellent attitude to collaborative research, attention to detail, ability to withstand a fast learning curve, good communication skills and most importantly, creative enthusiasm. The scholarship is available to students from the UK and EU. The studentship offers an annual stipend of £14,553 per annum for three years and payment of the tuition fees.

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